New Delhi, Oct. 13 (ANI): The President, Pranab Mukherjee, on Sunday said the festive occasion of Dussehra, which is being celebrated across the country today, is a time that gives the country strength to face its challenges as it is a celebration of the victory of good over evil.
Addressing the nation at Subhash Park on the occasion of Dussehra, President Mukherjee said: "I greet all my fellow countrymen on this occasion of Dussehra. I am happy that not only India, but the whole world is celebrating Dussehra in high spirits. Today is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. In our times, Dussehra gives us strength to face our difficulties and challenges."
"On this occasion, I hope for the country's unity and integrity," he added.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were also present at the festive celebrations at Subhash Park in the national capital earlier today.
On Saturday, President Mukherjee has sent his greetings to his fellow countrymen on the occasion of Dussehra.
In his message, Mukherjee said: "On the sacred day of Dussehra, I extend my good wishes and greetings to all my fellow citizens. Every year, the nation relives through the festivities of Dussehra, the memorable events of Valmiki's sacred epic, as retold by Tulsidas, Kambar, Tyagaraja and many other devotees of Lord Sri Rama."
"The strength and resilience of Indian society lies in its plurality and diversity. Tolerance and pluralism are the principles which constitute the foundation of our secular fabric. We must, as individuals and as a society, work hard to foster the spirit of communal harmony and brotherhood. Let us engage in ceaseless efforts to establish and maintain peace and amity amongst the myriad communities that enrich our diverse society," Mukherjee said.
"May this festival lead us onto the path of moral and ethical rectitude and usher in a new era of unity and fellowship," the President said. (ANI)